The percentage of Russians who are ready to vote for Vladimir Putin in presidential elections has increased to 74 percent from 70 percent in January, the Public Opinion Foundation has reported.
This figure is the highest since 2008 (60 percent). In January 2014, 46 percent of the respondents said they would vote for Putin, and the figure increased to 67 percent in May 2014 and 73 percent in December 2014.
During a poll surveying 3,000 respondents living in 204 populated areas of 64 regions of Russia, which was conducted on February 7-8, the respondents were asked which politician they would vote for if presidential elections were held in Russia the coming Sunday.
Five percent of the respondents said they would vote for Liberal Democratic Party leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky, 4 percent said they would support Communist Party leader Gennady Zyuganov, and 1 percent said they would vote for businessman Mikhail Prokhorov.
One percent of the respondents said they would spoil their ballots, 8 percent said they would not vote, and 7 percent were undecided.
The survey also showed that 85 percent of the respondents trust Putin, and 45 of them said they trust him unconditionally. Eighty-four percent of the respondents said they believe Putin is performing well as president of Russia.
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